Summer is a great time to learn languages together as a family. I’ll be reviewing a few great resources over the next few weeks. The first is a brilliant new CD by Nathalia. When I was your age. Cuando era Pequeña.
We were really lucky to win this CD on a giveaway on Instagram. If you’re not following us on Instagram then click here.
There are 10 brilliant songs on this album.
- Dinosaur Dance
- Señor Opuesto
- It’s My Birthday
- Qué llueva
- When I Grow Up
- La Iguana Pepa
- Oh Math
- ¿Qué me dices tu?
- Otra Vez
As a family, Spanish is our least used language, so when I started to play the CD in the car I did not know how my kids would get on with it. I need not have worried though!To start with I was listening with my teenager (who will not tolerate rubbish music) and he enjoyed it- high praise indeed!
To start with my girls only wanted to listen to the English songs. After a few listens, the bilingual “When I Grow Up” is a firm favourite. My 8 year old even said mid song, the Spanish word for world is mundo !
Want to have a listen for yourself? Listen to a sample of the album and purchase it here.
The album has a real mix of styles across many genres of music, from swing in dinosaur dance to Latin fiesta feel in Señor Opuesto to Gypsy Kings style in Que Llueva.
My personal favourite is Otra vez, a rousing African style song encouraging listeners to get up and try again.
We really enjoy Pesadillas with it’s very catchy summer vibes, the girls were singing along, in Spanish, very quickly.
There is so much variety I can’t do it justice in a review, you need to listen to a samples here.
The songs flow seamlessly from Spanish to English and back again. It would be a great addition to your CD collection if you are a bilingual Spanish English family. It helps children realise it is normal to speak two languages.
This CD has many styles and does not get boring, no matter how many times you have heard it. Because of this CD my girls (and me) are singing along in Spanish so improving our Spanish pronunciation and vocabulary whilst having fun singing .
If you are a GCSE Spanish teacher this CD would be a great resource to use in the classroom. The when I grow up song has a lot of vocabulary on jobs and great repetition of future tense. “Cuando será grande”
The CD is available to download here. as well as physical copy from Nathalia’s website.
Keep the learning going this summer with great resources like this and get your kids up, moving to the dinosaur dance (plus many more) and singing in different languages!